Elite Sport Recovery

Firefly Recovery – Everything you need to know

27 October 2017

What is it?

The innovative firefly is a time efficient electronic device designed for athletes to accelerate sports recovery after exercise and minor injuries. It is a portable device that contains no attached wires or leads and worn easily behind the knee. It delivers painless electrical impulses that gently stimulate the muscles of the lower leg to increase blood circulation. It is a one-size-fits all device that has clinically proven sports recovery benefits.

How does it work?

The Firefly device helps activate your body’s own neuromuscular system by increasing blood flow to the muscles of the lower body. It helps reduce muscle soreness within 24 hours after high intensity required exercise and helps reduce swelling after injury. The Firefly device uses electro-stimulation technology that helps trigger the bodies built in mechanisms by delivering painless electrical impulses to the common peroneal nerve. This then activates the muscle pumps of the lower leg that helps return blood towards the heart. The device is powered by a small battery, with the installed software controlled by a single button. The device has 7 stimulation levels and is worn comfortably behind the knee.

What are the benefits?

There are many benefits to using the Firefly device for sports players across all levels. It helps with the reduction of muscle soreness (DOMS) within 24 hours of high intensity exercise. DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) are identified as a build-up of lactic acid and toxic metabolic waste products that have been largely rejected by the body. DOMS generally tends to kick in 6 to 8 hours after high intensity required exercise and peaks around the 48 hour mark. Although DOMS can occur anywhere in the body, the lower body tends to be more inhibiting and memorable.

High levels of exercise often cause increased levels of muscle soreness, impaired muscle function and feelings of fatigue. When athletes stop working, muscle blood flow decreases, causing the slow removal of unwanted toxins, in turn resulting in soreness and fatigue. Appropriate post exercise recovery is essential to ensure that any unwanted waste products are removed and muscle function is restored to normal as soon as possible. The Firefly device helps muscle recover quickly by increasing blood flow to reduce muscle soreness after intense exercise. It assists athletes to get back to training faster and improve overall performance.

Sprains and strains are prevalent injuries that affect players across all sports on a daily basis. These injuries affect ligaments and muscles in the lower limbs and will often lead to swelling and inflammation. Firefly is clinically proven to increase blood flow in these areas and reduce swelling following a sprain or strain. The Firefly device has been designed in such a way that it can be easily integrated into anyone’s rehabilitation process, whilst at work or at home.